France-Bike presents this outstanding bike tour in Moorish Spain. This is a journey and an experience that bring together two of the most emblematic cities of ancient Al-Andalus: Cordova, home to the ruling Caliphs, to philosophers, astronomers, mathematicians and doctors who illuminated the Middle Ages with knowledge, centuries ahead of the European Renaissance. Granada, whose mighty kingdom cultivated the sciences above all and where formal refinement and architectural decoration, reached levels unmatched in any society of its time. Come and see these two cities, then, on a journey that combines culture, nature and anthropology, delighting the senses at every step. Your ride will be accompanied by tranquil hills of olive groves, holm-oak woods, vegetable gardens and vineyards, rushing streams, imposing watchtowers, proud castles, impeccable farmhouses and humble farmsteads, all giving the backdrop to an unforgettable visit.
Day 1: Arrival in Córdoba
Arrive in good time so as to visit the famous "Mezquita" (Grand Mosque). Later you can take a walk through the old Jewish quarter to see its beautiful patios and have Tapas in its inns. Finally we suggest you to experience an authentic flamenco show to get you ready for a journey which has only just begun.
Day 2: Córdoba - Priego, ~26 km/16 miles
From Cordova you go to Luque by bus. From there you ride on quiet county roads to Fuente Aljama. Riding through mountains, you pass the villages of Zagrilla Alta and Zagrilla Baja to arrive in Priego.
Day 3: Priego - Zuheros, ~54 km/32,5 miles
From Priego you are making for Carcabuey on an old disused road. Heading along a little country road past the village of Algar, you then climb to the Gaena mountain pass. From there you have a long and pronounced descent to the splendid town of Cabra. You take the "Vía Verde" (old reconditioned railway line), in gentle ascent to the romantic village of Zuheros.
Day 4: Zuheros - Alcalà, ~60 km/36 miles
Today you bid farewell to the Subbetica Mountains, to immerse yourselves in the countryside of Jaén, riding along the comfortable "Vía Verde" (old railway line). After passing the station in Alcaudete, you continue uphill, and the more bumpy trails and imposing watchtowers above remind you that you are entering Nasrid territory. You encounter the majestic "La Mota" fortress defending the town of Alcalá.
Day 5: Alcalà - Tozar, ~28 km/17 miles
After visiting the La Mota fortress, with its thick castle walls, imposing towers and the old cathedral built by the reconquering Christians within its confines, you head out of Alcalá la Real over its fertile plain, (and adjacent villages of Fuente del Rey and Santa Ana), riding between fields of cereal crops which are full of poppies in springtime. Once passed Casillas de Mures, the landscape changes and you head towards Tózar, just before the final bastion of the Nazrid kingdom. This village awaits you in the distance beneath the watchful eye of its imposing castle.
Day 6: Tozar - Granada, ~55 or 62 km/33 or 38 miles
After climbing to Moclín you will enjoy the great views of the Sierra Nevada during the large descent to Olivares. Soon the beautiful plain comes into sight, its arrival announced by the last watchtower you will see, opposite the "tres Juanes" hermitage. Sierra Nevada forms an impressive backdrop. You now approach Granada, and have the option of entering the city from the North, taking a longer route through the foothills of the Alfaguara Mountains.
Day 7: Day off in Granada
This Palace/Fortress and residence of the Nasrid Sultans will awake your affection for the city. Delightful little corners, palaces and gardens abound in its old neighborhoods, along with a multitude of Tapas bars, restaurants and wine houses... All this will bring you to love a city that is as full of life as it is of history and poetry.
Day 8: Departure or additional nights
End of the journey in Granada.
7 nights in 2** and 3*** hotel and guest houses
detailed route information and maps
24 gear rental bike
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
arrival Friday or Saturday with supplement
10 €/person in season I
20 €/person in season II
season I (823 €/person in double)
season II (+54 €/person)
route (2): ~230 km/145 miles
hilly and on quiet roads and paths
how to get there
by plane: airport Sevilla or Malaga
in Cordoba or Granada on request
Wearing a helmet is compulsory in Spain.
If you want to visit Alhambra you have to reserve your tickets at least 3 monts before. You can reserve tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
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